Man found guilty of reckless homicide, battery after 61-year-old’s death

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Arthur Croom

UPDATE:

On Aug. 22, 2017, Arthur Croom was found guilty of reckless homicide and battery of a person less than 14 years old. The reckless homicide charge was originally a murder charge, but was changed. Croom was found not guilty of aggravated battery. He was sentenced to 6 years with 379 days of credit for time served on the reckless homicide count and 16 years on the battery count with 2 years suspended. The sentence is to be served consecutively.

ORIGINAL STORY:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police have charged an Indianapolis man with the battery and murder of a 61-year-old.

Officers say Arthur Croom, 31, beat Henry Bennett in an east side home on Aug.  16.

When officers arrived to the scene in the 1800 block of Audubon Road, they found Bennet bleeding and rushed him to the hospital in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries.

Police say Croom turned himself into the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, Sept. 7. We’re told he had several outstanding warrants, including possession of cocaine and domestic battery. He’s being held at the Marion County Jail.

Bennett was the city’s 87th homicide victim of 2016.